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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jul 1, 2010 4:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: anyone familiar with this gig

Not a lot of reviews but I'm jumping into the deep end tonight to listen. If anyone has any comments I would love to hear. That set list grabbed my attention.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-08-14.nak700.gardner.8213.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Street Pig ! Date: Jul 1, 2010 6:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone familiar with this gig

http://www.deadlistening.com/search/label/1981 Being a fan of AUDS this review was so good I grabbed the show for my I Pod, the review and recording speak for itself, grate choice

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Poster: deadmax Date: Jul 2, 2010 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone familiar with this gig

Just listened. Here's my take:

PITB is VERY speedy but it really goes places. Jerry is all over the place and I can't tell who is setting this pace but it is pretty cool. They soar to the heights of the the solar system just to jump into another, until now, unknown system. The unknown becomes the known. They slow it down after a very brief jam and bring it somehow into a speedy CHINA CAT. Jerry is hardly giving Bobby room to get his licks in and I'm not sure how they are even able to play this song so fast but it's kind of cool to hear it in this different way. It's almost as if they feel time might be coming to an end and they just HAVE to get some more music in. They've opened a vertical opening to the Universe and it is compressing in on them like the trash compactor scene in the original Star Wars and there is no where to go but up. Everyone seems to be holding on to dear life as the GD spaceship launches and is taking them with it whether they want to go or not. They take it up and up and up where they finally find the planet of I KNOW YOU RIDER. Not slowing down they go searching and searching to see what this planet is all about. I'm not sure how they can actually be breathing at this point. This is that BIG early 80's sound that I really like even if it is a tad fast. This is only 8 years after Veneta after all but the music is so different. The build-up to the headlight thing is not so big but the actual music is what is big. It is as if they are throwing the music off of them in golden sparks and showers and the audience is just basking in it. I can't imagine trying to dance to this monster. We get a tease of Playin' as they exit the song but instead it devolves into some spaciness. The drums are almost spinning here and I believe they might be behind the runaway locomotive quality of this show. The jam sounds like electronic chickens fighting for a few scraps of food, pecking everywhere in a maniacal mechanical frenzy. The beasts tire of this pecking and leave the stage to the drummers who are happy to finally break out a bit. Frenetic frenzy is the only way to describe it. They opened the cosmic vortex and they are seeing where it is taking them. "On", does not describe what is happening here. After a very brief reconnaissance mission by the drummers they settle down to just explore the environment. Jerry must have not even had time for his china white because he is back after just a couple of minutes. He must really be enjoying the ride and he doesn't want to miss a moment of it. We are now crawling on the planet surface to see what might be happening here. It is mostly quiet now with just Jerry and Brent I believe - the drummers take a much needed break. We have discovered some kind of tar pit or something because things have gotten thick and gooey. We get some more action and it sounds as if we are going to go into The Other One. They are definitely playing it and building up to it and it would be a shame if they didn't go into it because the energy is there and it is definitely what they are playing. They start to drop out of it, dripping downwards in a lazy spiral, still hinting but the OO muse is leaving on his silvery steed to come back another day I suppose. Everyone is back now and it is decided that PLAYIN' REPRISE is what is needed here instead of a majestic Other One. Pity too because it sounded like it was going to be really hot. But the speed trills are back and we pushed head-long into the birth canal and end up at the Playin' Reprise in its full-tilt boogie glory. They finish this off quickly, as if it was just a stepping stone to WHARF RAT. Of course. The energy is still playing the band so we are not going to get a soulful rat but it is sounding pretty majestic. Jerry's voice is good and strong. Brent is filling in the background with a sound that wants to come out and be big but is tentatively holding back, the words are just place-holders, the music is wanting to be the star. They somehow take it down real "soft?" for the middle of the song where he is lamenting his life and they are giving us beautiful harmonies then, of course, the beast won't be put off for long and Brent get to let the keys come alive like they've been trying to. I can't say I love this Wharfrat but it is still good , every note is precisely played and put into the song the way an artist might add a little highlight of yellow or white to a dark painting to give it the feeling of light. The outro jam is very short and is a syncopated cacaphony that only last a few seconds but it's as if the music was trying to "shake off" Wharf rat the way you might try to shake off a bunch of bugs you just ran into. They do some weird stuff in those few seconds and as the body suit of wharf rat is taken off we find underneath is none other than I NEED A MIRACLE. Crazy stuff! This is a nutty mish-mash of songs and I'll bet people left the Seattle Center in a cloud of shock and awe and spoke about the show in reverent tones knowing that if they say too much it might turn out to be just a dream. Bobby is clear here, as he has been, and they get into another few seconds of weirdness before watching the the jaunty jalopy ride of Miracle turn into a sleek, clean bullet train that absolutely must get us to the end of the show somehow. Seems the frenetic energy has turned into something very clean and deliberate as we ride this train with our heads out the windows and tons of goofy smiles as our hair whips around us and the trees and hills go by in blurs of greens and browns - just enjoying the ride knowing that the train is in competent hands. We thought we were going to be exhausted from the on-slought earlier but instead we are refreshed and rejuvenated with a lightness that comes only from totally letting go and letting the music fill us up to the point that we lose our sense of our selves and instead merge with the music as it dances and skips from star-island to star-island. They bring it down and we are sure this must be the very end of the show because we are feeling so good at this point, not wanting it to end but knowing it must. A soft feather drifting back and forth down to earth that hits the earth and turns into a fast-running wood sprite called JOHNNY B. GOODE. Now we disembark from all transportation, firmly on terra firma again and the only thing left to do is boogie all this stuff all over. Earth is a good place after this long journey and we are ready to just enjoy ourselves for now. We are back in our bodies and surprised that we have fingers and toes and ecstatic for the knowing. Fun to escape and experience that god-stuff out in the universe and even nicer to be able to come back to our own comfortable bodies back on earth where we are comfortable couched between the sunrise and sunset. We experience the entire Earth in this one song with all of its exhilarating places and concepts. The song ends and there is NOTHING that can top THIS! They might as well not come back out! Done I say. Nothing can help and nothing more needs to be said. Life is indeed good.

Ok, maybe a BABY BLUE encore. Hasn't been played since 1974 and they must have been waiting for just the perfect night to bring it back out. The crowd isn't sure what the song is but when Jerry sings the first words they "get it" and heartily approve. This really has been a just-exactly-perfect show and I'm sure people in the audience are crying tears of abject joy right now. Their entire beings have been re-wired tonight and it is time to go back out into the world and do good things and be kind to our fellow planet-dwellers and let them know that there is now nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 2, 2010 7:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone familiar with this gig

Lobster , ask and sometimes you receive . Now that is a review , dmax

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jul 2, 2010 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone familiar with this gig

I think Deadmax works for Cliffsnotes.

I dabbled in the first set last night and was very happy. Looking for that magic set set to come through.

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Poster: deadmax Date: Jul 2, 2010 8:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone familiar with this gig

Thanks for the show recommendation Lobster, it really made my morning.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Jul 2, 2010 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone familiar with this gig

check out noah weiner's review of this one:

http://www.deadlistening.com/2010/01/1981-august-14-seattle-center.html

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: Jul 2, 2010 1:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone familiar with this gig

Back when everyone was listening to old cassette tapes, and before people like Charlie Miller was remastering and releasing crazy quality stuff, this show was very popular and pretty heavily circulated. The second set is outstanding; but now that my ears have become a little spoiled, this one could really use an upgrade. I have never seen a SBD of this show circulate in the past 25 years.

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